How much I like the concepts, the the spirit and the code of #Mastodon itself, the absence of full-text search in toots is such a show-stopper for me... :/
Stuff I see pass from the corner of my eye and that I am unable to find again (end up looking for it in f#@$ twitter!), stuff I remember seeing times ago... stuff I want to keep an eye on (and where people not always use hashtags)..
Hope this gets improved sometimes... <3
@Technowix By definition what is published is *public* (and therefore indexed by search engines and other parties..).. thinking that hiding public information will help protect people is a bit irresponsible I think.
Only helping there being aware of the consequences of what they publish can truly, durably help, I think.
One could think of instances/profiles with disabled indexing (like through robots.txt) but I think default should be open to maximize access/sharing/visibility...
But this would mean that we actually *could* search in the toots that are free-to-index, which is the missing feature for me here...
@jz Seems to be planned : https://mastodon.social/@Gargron/99243955891535114 :)
@jz Yes, this makes Mastodon unsuitable for following current events, or technologies, for instance.
The fact that you cannot even search your own toots also make it unsuitable for PKM (Personal Knowledge Management). Mastodon is more like IRC than like Twitter.
@bob @bortzmeyer That's precisely my point: If it is meant to "protect" then it could be tragically counter-productive (as anyone can actually search with a little bit of effort) like "security through obscurity"... when a protective default, *teaching about the implications of publications, etc.* but with the ability for anyone to *choose* to publish content searchable for everyone may turn Mastodon into a tool useful for more than chitchat (research, watch and the such)...
One thing that particularly peeves me is when people link to an article - usually I open the article right away but can't read it right now.
And when I find time to read it, often I want to comment one or another particular aspect, but the original toot is drowned under a zillion toots and there's no practical way to find it....